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The birth of consciousness.
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PMID:  19762170     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Newborn infants fulfil some criteria of being conscious i.e. being aware of the body, the self and the world. They are able to differentiate between self and nonself touch, express emotions and show signs of shared feelings. They process sensory impressions including pain at a cortical level. They remember rhythmic sounds and vowels which they have been exposed to during fetal life. The spontaneous resting activity discovered in the cortex of newborn infants may correspond to what William James called "the stream of consciousness".
Hugo Lagercrantz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-09-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  85     ISSN:  1872-6232     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-02     Completed Date:  2010-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S57-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital Q2:07, Karolinska Institute, 171 76 Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Mapping
Cerebral Cortex / physiology
Infant, Newborn / psychology*

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